Faith, tradition, and dynamic order : Michael Polanyi's liberal thought from 1941 to 1951

Jacobs, Struan and Mullins, Phil 2008, Faith, tradition, and dynamic order : Michael Polanyi's liberal thought from 1941 to 1951, History of European ideas, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 120-131, doi: 10.1016/j.histeuroideas.2007.10.003.

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Title Faith, tradition, and dynamic order : Michael Polanyi's liberal thought from 1941 to 1951
Author(s) Jacobs, Struan
Mullins, Phil
Journal name History of European ideas
Volume number 34
Issue number 1
Start page 120
End page 131
Total pages 12
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 0191-6599
Summary In his writings between 1941 and 1951, Michael Polanyi developed a distinctive view of liberal social and political life. Planned organizations are a part of all modern societies, according to Polanyi, but in liberal modernity he highlighted dynamic social orders whose agents freely adjust their efforts in light of the initiatives and accomplishments of their peers. Liberal society itself is the most extensive of dynamic orders, with the market economy, and cultural orders of scientific research, Protestant religious inquiry, and common law among its constituents. Liberal society and its dynamic orders of culture are, Polanyi explained, directed at transcendent ideals (truth, beauty, and justice). He saw knowledge, rules of practice, and standards of value in these orders as being preserved in traditions that inform and constrain the initiatives of their members. Investing faith in a cultural enterprise, Polanyi's agents choose to act   responsibly, dedicating their freedom to an ideal end. They are custodians and cultivators of the heritage of their dynamic order.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.histeuroideas.2007.10.003
Field of Research 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2007, Elsevier Ltd.
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